Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) Selects AirMap As an Official Partner in its U-space Together Program
March 12, 2020, Santa Monica, CA—AirMap, the leading digital airspace and automation company serving the drone economy, is partnering with DSNA to provide pre-operational U-space services to the Nice and Cannes airports. The U-space Together Program aims to deploy a fully operational U-space system in France by 2023.
UAS operations are growing rapidly in France—the nation is home to over 130,000 registered unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, that conduct over 10,000 operations in controlled airspace each year. In order to facilitate safe UAS operations in controlled airspace, DSNA has created the U-Space Together initiative and selected eight partners to deliver U-space pre-operational systems and services.
As a program partner, AirMap will deploy its UTM Center platform at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France’s third busiest international hub, and Cannes–Mandelieu Airport.
AirMap’s UTM Center is a complete digital drone traffic management services hub for airspace authorities that provides enhanced visualization, communication, and supervision for drone operations. The UTM Center enables authorities to communicate authoritative aeronautical data, airspace rules, and dynamic restrictions to UAS operators on the AirMap platform. Authorities can also administer one-click, multi-step, and fully automated authorization processes to grant airspace access; communicate with UAS operators directly; and view live traffic data for UAS operations in controlled airspace.
AirMap will also provide the AirMap for Drones mobile application, fully localized for UAS operators in France to access contextual airspace information, plan flights, request airspace authorization, and get comprehensive situational awareness at every step of their operations. These functionalities are also available to third-party application developers through the AirMap Developer Platform of APIs and SDKs.
“AirMap has earned a leading position to deploy U-space projects in airspace or airport locations, which now number 12 in France,” said Antoine Martin, New ATM Services Programme Director at DSNA. “We are excited to partner with AirMap to make U-space a reality in France.”
“AirMap’s UTM Center gives authorities the tools they need to safely manage drone traffic in controlled airspace,” said Boris Lacroix, AirMap’s Senior Vice President of Product Management. “DGAC and DSNA have demonstrated tremendous leadership and a very solid vision to deploy U-space capabilities in advance of the European Commission’s drone regulations.”
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AirMap is the leading digital airspace and automation company serving the drone economy. Airspace authorities and enterprises rely on the AirMap platform to safely operate drones in low altitude airspace and deliver critical business insights. AirMap offers best-in-class mission planning, flight and capture, and dataflow automation solutions to enterprises and third-party solution providers, who can connect their applications to AirMap’s open developer platform. AirMap’s UTM and U-space products are deployed in the Czech Republic, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States, and available in over 30 countries. The company serves a global community of over 300,000 operators and 3,000 registered developers. AirMap is committed to advancing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) through ongoing standards development work, global research initiatives, and industry collaboration. Learn more at www.airmap.com.
DSNA provides air navigation services (ATS, CNS, AIS) through five area control centres, twelve regional divisions and 84 control towers. In the framework of the Single European Sky, DSNA is one of the seven ANSPs implementing the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) and is a member of SESAR JU that manages the second phase of the European R&D program (SESAR 2020). In 2019, DSNA has controlled nearly 3.3 million flights.